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Athlete’s Foot and Fungus

Monday, 29 July 2019 00:00

A skin disease that occurs on the feet and between the toes may be classified as athlete’s foot. This is caused by a contagious fungal infection. The fungus that causes this uncomfortable condition typically thrives in warm and moist environments. These often include gyms, public shower and locker room floors, in addition to pools and surrounding areas. The symptoms that are most often associated with this condition are burning sensations, and itchiness on the soles of the feet. If this is left untreated, blisters can develop, which can make it difficult to wear shoes. Relief may be found when shoes and socks that are made of breathable materials are worn, in addition to using an antifungal spray. If you feel you have contracted athlete’s foot, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with the podiatrists from Family Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Greenville, Sulphur Springs, and Rockwall, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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